The 2014 Ars Fennica Award has been given to the artist couple
Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen. The prize was presented by Mrs Jenni Haukio at an award ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. The prizewinner was selected by the Turkish curator
Vasif Kortun. The Ars Fennica Award is given by the Henna and Pertti Niemistö Ars Fennica Art Foundation in recognition of distinctive, high-quality artistic work. This year's monetary prize is 40,000 euros. The Ars Fennica is now being awarded for the 21st time.
The results of a visitor poll held at Kiasma for the most popular Ars Fennica artist were announced at the same time. The winner was IC-98. The exhibition will be at Kiasma until 20.4.2014.
Ars Fennica 2014 e-book comprises of articles by: Hanna Johansson – IC-98 Patrik Söderlund and Visa Suonpää; Leevi Haapala – Riitta Ikonen; Paula Toppila – Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen; Taru Elfving – Leena Nio; and Saara Hacklin – Pauliina Turakka Purhonen. The book has been edited by Kirsti Karvonen and the graphic design is by Dogdesign Oy. The book is in Finnish, English and Swedish.
The Ars Fennica 2014 e-book can be downloaded free of charge in PDF format here.
The Henna and Pertti Niemistö Ars Fennica Art Foundation was set up in 1990 to promote the visual arts, to open up new international contacts for the Finnish art world, and to encourage artists in their creative work.
The Ars Fennica art award is made annually to one artist in recognition of distinctive artistic output of high merit. The award includes a monetary prize of 40,000 euros, a catalogue of works by the winner and an exhibition tour of three Finnish art museums. The Ars Fennica is an internationally respected award and the biggest Finnish prize for visual art.
The Ars Fennica award committee puts up a list of candidates, from among whom an international art expert chooses the winner. As well as Finns, other Nordic, Baltic and St Petersburg artists have been short-listed. The prize committee consists of Leena Niemistö, MD, Doctor of Medicine, Chair; Markus Kåhre, sculptor; Elina Merenmies, painter; and Pirkko Siitari, museum director.